Say hello, Livingston County diners, to a bigger and better Diamonds Steak & Seafood in downtown Howell — and wave goodbye to Mr. B’s Rustic Tavern.
Restaurateur Adam Merkel will shake up the downtown restaurant scene this summer by moving Diamonds into the current Mr. B’s building on Grand River Avenue and opening The Silver Pig, a smaller pub and restaurant, just behind the new Diamonds.
“Mr. B’s has done really well for us, but the demand from our customers for expanding Diamonds has been too great to not put it in our biggest space,” Merkel said Tuesday.
Diamonds will move and expand for the first time in 33 years. Mr. B’s will continue to operate, live music and all, until the start of renovations.
Merkel has not announced his future plans for the current Diamonds building. He plans to announce his plans for a new modern Italian restaurant May 10.
The Silver Pig is expected to open in June or July. Merkel then will close the Mr. B’s for renovations shortly thereafter and reopen the new Diamonds in August in the former Mr. B’s space.
The new Diamonds will have a new 22-seat bar; two private dining areas; back-to-back half-circle booths in the bar area; a brand-new dining room with lowered ceilings, a two-way fireplace; and a new grand entrance built from the atrium to connect Diamonds to The Silver Pig.
“This is great news for Diamonds’ fans and everyone who loves downtown Howell,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “The artist renderings look terrific. I’m looking forward to being there in person soon.”
Merkel also plans on adding sushi to the Diamonds menu. Diamonds already is popular for its filet mignon tips and warm carrot cake.
“We understand that change isn’t always better … but getting better requires change,” Merkel posted to Facebook. “We have read every review, thousands of comment cards and have had hundreds of hours of conversations with our guests, all to ensure the new Diamonds built on the four corners of our downtown is built for YOU!”
“We have some of the top restaurant architects/designers in the country working day and night to make sure the new space is as intimate, cozy and approachable as it has always been,” he added.
Merkel said his group’s goal continues to strive to be extraordinary.
“We aren’t looking to be the new hot restaurants for six months,” he posted. “We want to be great neighborhood restaurants that get better for decades.
“We put our heart and soul into every detail of everything we do to make sure your experience at our restaurants will be one you will never forget,” he added.